Program Postdoctoral Fellow
Tyler joined SFI as a program postdoctoral fellow in February of 2021. He will be working with Melanie Mitchell and Melanie Moses, studying the nature of intelligence in natural and artificial systems and facilitating interdisciplinary workshops and outreach efforts on the subject.
Tyler's research is highly interdisciplinary, building on work in computer science, cognitive science, and philosophy to understand how agents model their environments and what predictively successful scientific models actually tell us about the world. He is especially interested in the processes by which agents/scientists construct representations of the systems they model, what make some representations more useful or more accurate than others, and how these processes are related to analogous processes in computer science (e.g., feature extraction). At SFI, Tyler hopes to work closely with experts in cognitive science, the natural sciences, and computer science to further his research on these subjects.
In his free time, Tyler is an avid cook, programmer, and astrophotographer. He received his MA in Philosophy from Tufts University, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arizona.